Drafted Benalla sensation bound for cattery
Benalla’s Becky Webster is living the dream. And loving it. What started as a backyard rivalry in which she was determined to be a better player than her older brother, she followed him into Auskick and then through juniors.
And now she has been drafted by expansion side Geelong for the 2019 AFLW season — taken at pick seven in last week’s draft.
But it’s not as if the 18-year-old is a beginner.
Since Auskick kickstarted her career Webster has played with Victoria Country, Murray Bushrangers, Melbourne University, Mooroopna, Kyabram and as part of AllAustralian showcase matches — will now appear in the blue and white hoops of Geelong on the biggest stage of them all.
Webster, who said she loved her rebound attacking role on the half-back flank, did not have to wait long for her name to be called after the draft started, with the Cats picking her with their third selection.
After nominating the whole of Victoria as her draft destination — and impressing immensely during the past 18 months — key defender Webster was always heading to one of the six clubs in her home state.
But only Carlton (pick three), Collingwood (pick five) and Melbourne (six) were given the chance to snaffle the teen sensation before the Cats pounced.
‘‘I have no words really, it’s so amazing,’’ Webster said.
‘‘The nerves were there and then when my name was called out it was amazing, it’s so exciting.
‘‘There’s some really good girls who got picked up as well and (Geelong) is a great club and I’m sure we’ll bring a lot to the table next season.
‘‘I’ll definitely (try to slot into) half-back.
‘‘I know if I thank someone I’ll forget someone, but definitely the coaches I’ve had, the girls I’ve played with and the support I’ve received from my family (has been crucial).’’
The Cats — along with fellow newcomer North Melbourne — will be looking to hit the ground running for their inaugural AFLW campaign next year and in Webster they have found a ready-made defender, who can also make an impact further up the field.
With Mooroopna and the Bushrangers Webster was dominant on the field, with her Vic Country exploits drawing enough attention to make back-to-back AllAustralian squads as well.
In three VFLW games for Melbourne Uni this year, Webster averaged more than 10 disposals, three tackles and almost three marks an outing and will certainly build on that input after completing her first pre-season with Geelong this upcoming summer.
Webster joins the likes of Mansfield’s Bonnie Toogood (Western Bulldogs) among the AFLW ranks.
And yes, she is pretty convinced she has turned out a better footballer than her brother.
Blue and white hoops: Benalla footy superstar Becky Webster has been drafted by Geelong for the 2019 AFLW season.